Monthly Archives: March 2013
City police worked with the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs & Border Patrol Agents and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to solve the case.
WASHINGTON — The remains of a serviceman from World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office announced in a DOD news release issued today.
Army 1st Lt. John E. Terpning, of Mount Prospect, Ill., will be buried on April 3 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. On May 7, 1944, Terpning was a pilot of a B-24D Liberator aircraft that departed Nadzab, New Guinea, on a bombing mission.
NIJseeks proposals for funding under the FY 2013 DNA Backlog Reduction Program. This program provides funds to help States and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to process, record, screen, and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples; and to increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis.
Application deadline: May 13, 2013
•Solicitation removed: NIJ has decided to offer the “Solving Cold Cases with DNA” solicitation every other year, alternating it with the “Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing.”
•Impact of Sequestration: ◦Sequestration will not impact existing grants and cooperative agreements.
◦NIJ will fund the best ideas we receive from solicitations (as always, awards will hinge on peer review scores and congressional appropriations.)
Oregon State Police hit a milestone when its forensic lab recently recorded its 5,000th match on DNA collected from crime scenes.
“Approximately half of the burglary cases we process will result in a CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) hit,” OSP Portland Forensic Lab Director Tom Barnes said in a press release. “For every two burglary cases we DNA process, one will hit to either a convicted offender or another case.”
DNA evidence and a cell phone left at the scene of a home invasion and sexual assault in the South Loop in January led to charges against a 19-year-old Rockford man, Cook County prosecutors said today in bond court.
The Idaho State Police said its Forensic Services laboratories expect to finish entering the backlog of DNA samples into the National DNA Index System database by July. That means there will be more than 15,000 samples from the State of Idaho in NDIS, which is the database for the Combined DNA Index System (commonly known as CODIS). As of Tuesday, there were 12,427 Idaho samples in the national database, a 306% increase from the number of samples in 2010.
Knox’s defense team called on Boise State genetics professor and DNA expert, Greg Hampikian to assist its case.
During Knox’s appellate trial in Perugia, Hampikian testified prosecutors had no solid DNA evidence to link Knox and Sollecito to Kercher’s murder stating the DNA the prosecution’s case hinged on was contaminated.
Erchal Springer has been named permanent director of the Tri-County Regional Forensic Laboratory.
Springer had been interim director of the laboratory, which is located at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and is a collaboration between Anoka, Sherburne and Wright counties, since Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Johnson retired as director in 2011.